Care for your rotator cuff injury will probably begin with non-surgical techniques ranging from simple rest to pain-soothing injections. Your doctor will advise you on how much and how often you may need these treatments. if this type of care relieves your pain, your recovery will continue with an exercise programme to restore your shoulder’s power. If your pain just won’t quit, you and your doctor may decide that your rotator cuff needs surgery.
Keeping your shoulder still can offer some relief from your pain. To achieve this, your doctor may have you use a sling to support your arm. If possible, keep a pillow between your arm and your side when resting. It’s also important to combine rest with some gentle stretching exercises, since total inactivity can cause stiff joints.
Cold and heat
ice applied to your shoulder is a good way to reduce inflammation and pain. A cold pack, a bag of frozen peas or a towel filled with ice cubes, used for 15-20 minutes at a time, can do the trick. heat (alternated with cold) can also soothe your pain. Try warm showers, hot packs or a heating pad under a moist towel.
To help relieve your pain and inflammation, your doctor may suggest that you take an oral anti-iflammatory medication such as asprin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Your doctor will recommend the appropriate dosage for your condition and may also vary the type of medication, depending on your need for pain relief.
Electrical stimulation of muscles and nerves may decrease severe, persistent pain. through methods such as interferential nerve stimulation, electrical impulses block the pain signals coming from your shoulder.
The gentle sound-wave vibrations of ultrasound therapy warm up the deep tissues in your shoulder, improving blood flow and soothing sore muscles. To further reduce inflammation, cortisone cream can be worked into the muscles using ultrasound.
if your pain is severe, your doctor may inject cortisone near the inflamed area of your rotator cuff to reduce inflammation and pain.
Anaesthetics may also be used for decreasing your pain.